deprecate

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verb dep·re·cate \ˈde-pri-ˌkāt\

Definition of deprecate

deprecated

;

deprecating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a archaic :  to pray against (as an evil)b :  to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people — Tobias Smollett

  3. 2 :  to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor

  4. 3a :  play down :  make little of speaks five languages … but deprecates this facility — Timeb :  belittle, disparage the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelists — New Yorker

deprecatingly

play \-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

deprecation

play \ˌde-pri-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of deprecate in a sentence

  1. movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year

  2. deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded

Origin and Etymology of deprecate

Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray


First Known Use: 1628


DEPRECATE Defined for English Language Learners

deprecate

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verb dep·re·cate \ˈde-pri-ˌkāt\

Definition of deprecate for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)



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